Dubai International holds international airport top spot
Dubai International retained its position as the world’s number one hub for international passengers by registering annual traffic of just over 78 million in 2015, according to a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
Boosted by the growth of some 100 airlines that connect Dubai International to more than 240 destinations around the world, most notably Emirates and flydubai, annual passenger traffic at DXB surged 10.7 per cent to reach a record 78,014,838 passengers in 2015 compared to 70,473,893 recorded during 2014.
Passenger numbers in December 2015 totalled 7,053,243, an increase of 8.5 per cent compared to 6,498,573 recorded during the same month in 2014, taking the average monthly traffic for the year to a record high of 6.5 million.
It was the second time in the year after August when monthly traffic exceeded the seven million mark. Aircraft movements in 2015 reached 403,517, up 14.1 per cent compared to 353,507 movements recorded during 2014.
During the year DXB welcomed new airlines including Air Canada from Toronto, Eurowings from Amsterdam and China Southern from Wuhan, among others. A total of 12 new passenger destinations were also added thanks to the on-going network expansion of Dubai-based airlines flydubai and Emirates.
Paul Griffiths, chief executive, Dubai Airports said: “It’s another banner year for Dubai International where we broke records, engaged and entertained our customers in new ways, and retained our position as the world’s number one international hub. But we have no time to rest on our laurels as we are already busy testing the readiness our newest facility, the $1.2 billion Concourse D, which when it opens for our 70 plus airlines this quarter, will play a crucial role in helping us welcome millions of passengers in comfort and style.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:34
Qatar Duty Free welcomes the festive season with Dolce&Gabbana display
Qatar Duty Free welcomes the festive season with the installation of a spectacular Dolce&Gabbana display featuring a larger-than-life snow globe at Hamad International Airport (HIA). The snow globe, at four metres high, is the centrepiece of a display showcasing Dolce&Gabbana’s luxurious products, and celebrates the launch of their newest fragrance for men, The One Royal Night. It will be on display until 14 January 2016.
The elegant black and gold display, which is located behind the renowned HIA Lamp Bear sculpture, brings the magic of a winter wonderland to the desert, with a snow man, fabulously wrapped gifts and the snow globe featuring the stunning Doha skyline. The joint collaboration between Dolce&Gabbana and Qatar Duty Free, offers plenty of options for passengers looking to buy a gift for themselves or someone special.
Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice President, Mr. Keith Hunter, said: “We are extremely excited to partner with Dolce&Gabbana to celebrate the official launch of their newest fragrance, The One Royal Night. Qatar Duty Free prides itself on offering passengers exclusive fragrances and beauty products, and this is no exception. This partnership not only marks the launch of The One Royal Night at HIA, but is an opportunity for Qatar Duty Free to offer customers the Dolce&Gabbana make-up and Velvet collections. We hope that those travelling from, and through, HIA will enjoy visiting the beautiful display and exploring some thoughtful and personalised gift ideas.”
The One Royal Night for men is an exclusive fragrance within Dolce&Gabbana’s Classic House, The One. The newest fragrance, with an Arabian twist, is an exclusive product from the designers for the Middle East, inspired by the richness, culture and traditions of the region. The One Royal Night for men is described by Dolce&Gabbana as a blend of opulence and sophistication boasting a woody composition with notes of cardamom, basil, wild pear wood, and spicy nutmeg, followed by a base of cedar, sandalwood, labdanum and pure amber in its most refined form.
Qatar Duty Free will also offer a select number items from the Dolce&Gabbana make-up and niche fragrance collection, Velvet, for the first time at the display. For all Dolce&Gabbana products purchased at the display personalised engraving and gift-wrapping will be offered free of charge – a wonderful way to make gifts to loved ones that little something special.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:18
flydubai begins operations at Al Maktoum International (DWC)
Selected flydubai flights to and from Dubai now operate into and out of Al Maktoum International-Dubai World Central (DWC). The following destinations operate into and out of Al Maktoum International (DWC):
Flights to these destinations will also continue to be available to and from Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport (DXB), so check your flight schedules carefully when making a booking.
Schedules can be subject to change, so when booking your flight, please check the airport of arrival and the airport of departure carefully as well.
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 November 2015 16:31
Dubai International Airport records highest ever monthly traffic
Dubai International registered the highest monthly traffic in its 55-year history with 7.2 million passengers in August.
According to the latest traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, traffic at the world’s number one hub for international passengers reached 7,282,256, up 9.5 per cent from 6,648,058 recorded during the same month in 2014.
The year to date traffic totalled 52,264,223, up 12.4 per cent compared to 46,479,919 recorded during the first eight months last year.
The bumper traffic was boosted by the seasonal rush of travellers, including inbound traffic of residents returning for the start of the academic year, as well as increase in flight frequency and launch of new services by Emirates, flydubai and other airlines.
India remained the top destination country (855,550 passengers) with financial capital Mumbai as the busiest destination, followed by the UK (543,213 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (480,051 passengers).
London was the top destination city followed closely by Kuwait and Doha.
Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports, said: “We are very pleased with the traffic so far this year, particularly the record-breaking numbers in August.
“DXB has welcomed over 700 million passengers in its five-and-a-half decade history, clocking an unparalleled average growth rate of over 15 per cent.
“Our mission is to ensure that the success story of Dubai’s aviation sector continues over the coming decades.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:18
Orlando Airport to add prayer room ahead of Emirates arrival
Orlando International Airport will introduce a Muslim prayer room in time for Emirates Airline’s nonstop flights in and out of Orlando.
The airport will spend close to $250,000 to build the 4,000 square foot prayer room, which is set to open for Emirates’ inaugural flight on September 1. The room will also feature an ablution area, carry-on-luggage bins and shoe racks, as well as directional signs for the Ka’aba.
The “Reflection Room” is an example of Orlando International Airport’s aim to cater to a diverse population for the coexistence of different cultures and meditative practices. With hundreds of new Muslim passengers entering Orlando on Emirates Airline’s new service, the airport wants to provide the amenities that would make them feel at ease.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:28
Stockholm Arlanda Airport installs weather simulator
Are you one of those people who just refuse to trust weather apps and assume the weather at the desired destination ’won’t be that bad’ - only to find that you were so very wrong? Well, Sweden’s got your problem solved.
From now until the end of August 2015, travelers can step into a shiny booth that uses live data around the planet to stimulate a variety of weather environments. That’s right, you can stick by your opinion on weather apps and get a live feel of the exact climate in your desired destination before even landing at it.
The “climate portal”, located in the Stockholm Arlanda Airport, uses wind generators, temperature controllers and audio-visual cues to recreate the experience of stepping into hot, dry deserts, chilled icy plains or crowded cityscapes.
Enjoy a brand-new experience before your next trip. Welcome to the Climate Portal in Terminal 5.
Access to the booth is free and open for all.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2015 17:55
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